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Summary

I seen a kid killed.... He strangled it, up by the horse.

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.  

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.  

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that....

The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, Lethal White is the gripping next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

©2018 Robert Galbraith Limited (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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  • Mikey
  • poole, United Kingdom
  • 19-09-18

The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

After having read the previous installments to this series I must say there was little doubt in my mind that I would enjoy Lethal White, but this had a different approach compared to the others and I found myself becoming increasingly intrigued with how Strike was going to overcome the fresh obstacles placed in front of him.

The difference between this book and the last few, is that when Cormoran first appeared on the scene as a personal detective he was a single (albeit a bit lonely as well) rough-around-the edges detective, he was unknown to the public and his raw approach was evident not only from the way he talked, his mannerisms or even the cuisine he would often choose to indulge in (Large donor kebab with extra chips) but also the almost obsessive determination in getting the job done.

Lethal White throws some pretty interesting spanners in the works, Strike is now famous, he's tasted success through his work and he's even found some sort of relationship in Robin, which proves to be difficult as she has become invaluable to him.

Excellently read by a master narrator, this book is pleasingly long in length and the story has more twists than a formula one racing track. This review was about 100 words too long, because any Galbraith novel scarcely requires any introduction, I just got a bit carried away because I enjoyed it so much! Compelling from start to finish.

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  • Sue
  • Dunstable, United Kingdom
  • 21-09-18

Whatever the audiobook term is for unputdownable.

This is the first Strike book since the tv adaptations and it was great to find that the Strike in my head is unchanged. Probably because the tv was so well cast!
This was a very engaging episode and I couldn't stop listening. Excellent plot. The usual great narration from Robert Glenister.
I must admit I did yell at the characters a bit, but that's standard now. They're flawed, I love them.

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Gripping

A great installment in this series.

The crime story was very interesting and really had me thinking. I couldn't work out who had 'done it' or why, and I'm pleased that for one person at least it was resolved in the way it was.

The personal story was very gripping, characters becoming more loathsome, the lack of communication between some was so irritating I found myself almost shouting at my listening device lol. It was all very realistic though.

Just a warning that there are elements of emotional and mental abuse explored in this story that some may find triggering.

Bring on the next one!!

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The best so far...!

The Strike novels have always had a highly addictive quality, and this fourth is no exception -

I was actually hugely invested in a physical copy of a different novel when this came out, but one night I was too tired to read, so I thought I'd just listen to the first 10 minutes of this and ease myself in gently before jumping with gusto once I'd finished the other book...well, four days later, I had finished this and not touched the other! "Unputdownable", exactly. I listened over breakfast, which spilled into early afternoon and long evenings. It's so easy to dip into, but once I started I couldn't stop. A truly gripping central mystery (which, unlike the Silkworm or Career of Evil, didn't irritate me along the way), populated with characters who, in true Christie-style, all had plausible motives to commit various crimes, alongside the continuing relationship between Robin and Strike which enthrals me. I love the way we see their individual perspectives in separate chapters, it is very involving, like a serialised drama: perfect for an audiobook.

The only negative: it has left me wanting so much more, as soon as possible!

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Superb! Story telling and audio book at its best!

A fan of both book and audio formats of this pairing......this latest just delivered more compelling pleasure and listening!!!

GREAT to have BOTH Cormoran and Robyn evolving as individuals within the finely detailed web of complexed interplay of events, feelings and other people.

Galbraith' s skill at keeping all the pieces of jigsaw puzzle slowly moving is magnificent. I particularly enjoyed how Robyn was given the space to develop without being dominated by Cormoran's equally fascinating evolution.

Robert Glennister seems to relish each book as much as the reader and his contribution is the cherry on a very tasty cake.

well done and thanks to one and all.

Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 03-10-18

Loved it!

Just like the first three in the series, I loved this. The characters are fabulous and it’s a story to really ‘get your teeth into’. Surprisingly, Robert Glenister’s narration was not as faultless as previously. His Yorkshire accent was decidedly dodgy (strange, as he did a fine job in previous books). Other reviewers have commented that his Scottish accent left a lot to be desired too (I don’t know the accent well enough to pick that up). Nevertheless, his voice is wonderful and the accents problem didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book.

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Loved it cant wait to read next shame they end!

Loved it, cannot wait to start next one, shame they have to finish at all really.

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22 hours well spent

Perfect way to recuperate over the weekend- hours and hours of brilliant narration and an intriguing storyline.
Best instalment in the series by far.
Complex plot follows a cohesive logic and has a really good dénouement.
Yes, the pre-murder scene setting does go on and on for a long time, but it meant the death was a genuine surprise.

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Wow!

What a story, what a raconteur, what an experience. Listen, love, hope and immerse yourself. Jo Rowling is a genius, Robert Glenister transports you into their world, the combination is legendary.

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Don’t try to fathom this one!

Really enjoyed this but so many threads I would have had to be taking notes like Robin and Strike to fathom it out.
Speaking of Robin and Strike........ come on!
I like the voice and tone of the performance very much, he sounds just as I imagine him ( more so than in the TV adaptation) ... but his imitation of a Glaswegian accent was painful.
I wonder if Strike could be encouraged to better manage his prosthesis.... got rather tedious unless of course it was an excuse to lean on Robin? These days thankfully there is no need for such suffering.

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  • Hanna
  • 03-10-18

Another great Cormoran and Robin story

Such a good story, was difficult to stop listening. I was not able to guess the ending. And I really loved how it was read by Robert Glenister. He made the characters and the story feel so alive as I listened

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  • Tara
  • 21-10-18

Fantastic

My most favourite author does not disappoint. Every word is a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-18

Best so far

This book is excellent. Best so far in this serie. And best crime I have read for years.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-18

I just can't get enough of Strike

I can't wait for more! It has been a pleasure to listen. Also great reader!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-18

Good detective story

Loved it kept you waiting for more and more. Could not put down for a second

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-18

Perfect!

Robert Glenister's narration is sheer perfection! The mystery is compelling although I find the development of main characters and their relationship even more interesting. Rowling is a master of her craft.

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  • Jeanette
  • 29-09-18

Great story

A great read/listen. Narrator excellent. The story was excellent. Did not want to stop listening.
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  • Lexy
  • 22-09-18

Fantastic.

Beautifully narrated by Robert Gennister. Gripping story and thoroughly enjoyable. Full of twists and turns.